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Microsoft - Surface Pen - Silver

Model: 3XY-00001SKU: 4562018

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 1625 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Really Nice to Use, Color Anodize Durability Issue

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    youngheart80
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    The feel of the Surface Pen on the the glass touch screen is a revelation. I compared it right after getting it with a co-workers iPad Pro stylus. We both agreed that Apple's design choice was terrible when compared to the rubber-tipped, slight grippy feel of the Surface Pen. It doesn't feel like pen on paper, but it feels enough like actually writing that you don't care. This is, without question, the best digital writing experience I have personally had. My only really gripe, and to me it's pretty big, is how quickly the color comes off the outside. I bought the blue (silver was out of stock at the time) and really liked how it looked. In less that 2 weeks, it already had wear spots on the aluminum lower at the transition to the nub and the transition to the plastic tail portion from rubbing on the table when I would set the Surface down (magnet mounted) or from being in my TPU lined bag. Terrible durability of the color that has only gotten worse with time. I accepted it and moved on because of how nice it is to use, but don't get this if "ugly" things matter to you. Get the silver and the wear will probably be less noticeable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great When it Works, but Many Problems

    Posted
    Customer

    I purchased this stylus in store around Christmas 2015. I used this pen as an upgrade for my Surface Pro 3, and at first, it worked like a charm. I loved the various stylus tips and the fact that it had the eraser on top of the stylus. The first problem I noticed was that the battery holder has a very hard release latch, as in it feels like you're breaking it every time you try to remove or replace the battery (this comes up later). The next problems I began noticing when I went back to school, around mid-January 2016. For no reason at all, the pen will begin writing without touching the screen, which makes trying to write with any amount of precision impossible. Another problem I had was that the pen would disconnect from the Surface without any warning. As of recent the pen tip will not interact with the screen while the eraser still functions (or vice versa), and of course these problems only come up in the middle of a lecture. Following the instructions of Microsoft, I tried removing the battery to fix this problem, but, since the battery release is so difficult to open, I snapped it right off. While I do understand that this is entirely my fault, it ultimately comes down to the fact that I wouldn't have needed to do this, had the pen functioned properly in the first place. Perhaps this is a one-off incident, as I have a friend with a Surface Pro 3 who uses the Pro 4 stylus with no problems, but it was still a waste of $50. PROS: -Works great most of the time, but (in my case at least) would stop working at the most inconvenient times. -New stylus tips are very useful. -Pen-top eraser. -Overall much better feel than the Pro 3 pen. CONS: -Poor battery latch design can be easily broken, rendering the pen completely useless. -Many technical glitches that can be difficult to fix.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Replacement for Defective Original

    Posted
    JeffB
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    I couldn't get the first Surface Pen to pair with my new Surface Pro 4, so while I was waiting for the replacement to arrive I became too impatient and bought a new one. Ok, backstory out of the way...on to the review. The pen paired as expected and works as expected. It came with 4 extra tips which offer various friction levels when used on the screen. I stuck with the one that was already installed on the pen, but it's nice to have the option to change it up. The pen has a button on the shaft which functions as right click and you can, in some applications, flip the pen over and use the other side like an eraser which is a cool feature. Also, you can configure what clicking, double clicking, and click+holding on the eraser end does. I've used the pen in OneNote for note taking and it works well. The OneNote feature that converts the handwritten notes to typed does a good job of transcribing my scrawl to text. I've also used it in AutoDesk Sketchook Pro and am pretty happy with the output. My only worry is losing the pen since the only place to store it (aside from packing it away in a case or drawer) is by a magnetic connection with the surface pro, and it could be knocked loose with a little bit of force. The older typecovers used to have a loop to attach it there, but the new ones don't have that. They can be bought for about $5 and attached to either the surface or the typecover through adhesive backing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    worth the upgrade (sidegrade?)

    Posted
    Edmond
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    I own an SP3 and was seriously considering an upgrade to an SP4, but couldn't justify the cost, since my SP3 was just over a year old. I'd heard the new type cover and pen were big improvements over the previous models and so I tried them in the Best Buy store to see for myself. The first time the pen tip touches the screen, you already feel the difference. There's more friction, but it actually results in a smoother writing experience, because it mimics the friction of pen and paper. The pen tips are interesting, but I've pretty much stuck with the stock tip. Erasing using the butt-end of the pen is also a fun experience, but it's actually less efficient than the previous method of simply clicking the erase button. On the one hand it's nice to stop and turn the pen around to erase -- it actually makes you slow down a bit, and consider your work. But sometimes when you're sketching fast and furious, being able to just click to draw and click to erase is better. This pen has a strong magnet that allows it to cling to some of the SP3's sides -- I find the strongest grip is along the bottom, when you don't have the type cover installed. Otherwise, I still use a pen loop -- don't want to leave it to the magnet to keep this expensive pen attached, because it really is easy to knock off. Overall, if you use your pen a lot, upgrading the pen (and type cover) is a nice way to up/sidegrade your SP3.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Upgrade from the pro 3 pen

    Posted
    Theoderic
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    I don't normally leave reviews, but I would have to say that the Pro4 pen is a great upgrade from the Pro3 pen. With the Pro3 pen, I was constantly pressing the side buttons when I was writing. It was driving my nuts. I had to make sure the pen was rotated a certain way before I started writing, but eventually it would rotate in my hand and I would press one of the buttons. That never happens with the Pro4 pen. Second, they finally brought back the eraser tip on the top of the pen! That was big! Finally, I didn't think it would matter much to me, but I actually like the new tips. I bought the pen with the additional tips pack; however, I have to say that my favorite is the default one that comes with the pen, so I have not really changed the tips much. I suppose if you're into drawing or something like that, it might make a difference. But for me, I just need to write. The nice thing about the pack is that one of the 4 tips is the same as the default one that's already in the pen. So, it is nice to know that I have a spare in case something happens to the tip in the pen. My final conclusion, I would definitely recommend this pen, especially if you're thinking about upgrading from the Pro3 pen. It's worth the upgrade.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    good but fragile

    Posted
    gozomonster

    I got this just a week or so ago for my SP3 and love the new weight of it and the way it feels when writing -- the higher friction tips really change the experience. The magnetic storage design is okay -- it's pretty strong but I still use the loop. The only issue is that I opened it up today to inspect the battery because the pen was writing intermittently, and the paper inside that guides the AAAA battery was wrinkled up and the terminals/contacts inside the pen barrel stripped and came out when I pulled the pen halves apart. When I put the pen back together, the button [eraser click] commands work, but the pen does not write/interact with the device at all. I guess because the terminals/contacts came apart. So the internal build quality is a bit questionable. I've written Best Buy customer care about this and hope they can remedy the situation.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best pen for the Surface

    Posted
    ThisIsNot
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    Microsoft has crafted the best pen for their product. The new Surface Pen features more points of pressure, has a built-in magnet so it clips onto the side of Surface devices (the Pro 4, Book, and Studio), the built-in button is more discrete yet still functional, and the back of the Pen functions as an eraser while having a programmable button that lets you open OneNote, take a screen shot and open OneNote, or wake Cortana up. The new Pen is above and beyond the pen included with the Surface Pro 3. It's more comfortable to write with and has added functionality. Surface Pro 3 users can buy the new Pen though they won't get the added benefit of the increased number of pressure points, I'm also not sure if the magnet in the Pen will stick to the Pro 3. Overall, you can't go wrong with the Surface Pen. It works great on the Studio, Pro 4, and Book with (very) limited compatibility with the Pro 3 and Surface 3. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to shake up the color of the Surface device or if they ended up buying a Core m3 Surface Pro 4 bundle that did not come with the Pen. It is a must-have for any Surface owner.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    definitely a useful accessory

    Posted
    castewa
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    The pen is an interesting accessory with the Surface Pro 4. I mostly use it with Sticky Notes or in One Note for note taking. However, I sometimes find it very convenient as a mouse and pointer when working in apps and web sites that aren't well optized for touch. Also, I've occasionally used it to "edit" a web page. Those are all good things. A few things have been concerns, though nothing prohibitive. I did have to replace the original pen I bought because it quit working after less than a week. When writing the very short delay is noticable, but I wouldn't call it a problem or even inconvenient. The magnet for attaching it to the side of the Surface is stronger than you might expect, but I still fear I'll lose it eventually if I don't find a more secure way to keep the pen and Surface together. Finally, the "shortcut" button on the pen that is supposed to open apps on the Surface doesn't always open those apps. This may be an issue with the Surface/Windows rather than with the pen, but still it ought to be a more consistently working experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love it of course--bought as a replacement

    Posted
    baraAkai
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    I somehow lost the Surface Pen that initially came with my Surface Pro 4 that I just bought maybe a month ago. I was leery of buying a new pen because I was afraid it didn't have the magnetic side to re-attach to my Surface Pro 4 (which is how I lost my pen, btw). After reading extensive reviews, I came across one buyer who said it did still have the magnetic bit. The bonus to buying this pen separately was that it came with additional tips, though I still haven't quite figured out how to interchange the tips on my pen, and I'm afraid to ruin my Surface Pen. Buyer be warned though: the magnetic side may SEEM strong enough to stay secure, but if you're walking from one place to another (like outside from one building to the next), I would STRONGLY advise taking the pen in a carrier or pouch or something. Do NOT attach it to the side of the Surface if you have a Surface Pro 4. Other than that, it's a great buy and works beautifully for my digital art and more!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's alright

    Posted
    Youssef
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    I bought the pen because we use them for work, for the surface 3 tablets and it's a must have then it makes it so much easier filling out reports, a month or so later the pen stopped writing, the eraser button only worked, I tried taking it in to Best Buy to exchange it, and they refused saying its past the return date and said that I have to go through the Microsoft, they didn't offer any extended warranty with it at all, I contacted Microsoft via live chat, and they went through all the steps to try and fix it which I already tried before and none worked, so they decided it was best to send me a new one, which they did. Overall I like the pen but just like the keyboard Microsoft almost makes to where it's a must have, and it's super overpriced for the build quality and the functionality. It's basically a Bluetooth mouse in a pen

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I like this pen

    Posted
    AmandaG
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    I love it when it works. When it works it's great especially for making notes on word documents and things like that. But, it has a tendency to go in and out. Not sure if it's just mine or the surface but, after a while of using it does this weird thing where it won't draw/write on the document anymore but instead, it will mark the screen and stay there as you scroll and it's kind of a pain. But, then I close the document for a little bit and come back to it and it's fine. It gets temperamental (when I've done nothing different to warren it to make a change) if I use it for too long. But in short bursts it's good, I recommend saving the document frequently and exiting out of it so it can breath for a second every 30-45 minutes or so and then opening it back up and using it again. It's absolutely awesome if you're a teacher or someone who needs to make notes on digital documents.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Must have item, first one didn't work

    Posted
    Citymedic89
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    Microsoft surface pen has nice weight to it, and feels great in the hand. It's a great addition to the Microsoft surface and I would highly recommend getting it. The first one I purchased from Best Buy would work intermittently and then stop. I replaced the batteries and continued would you have the same issues. I brought it back to Best Buy and exchanged it and the new one worked great. The pan is magnetic and will stick to metal surfaces as well as the Microsoft surface. It comes in several great colors and is compatible with all Microsoft surface tablets. I have also tried the highly discounted pens for the Microsoft surface tablet that are found on Amazon and eBay and they seem to perform about the same as the more expensive in the store version. Considering my experience with my first pen not working, in store is the way to go on this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great!

    Posted
    JohnB
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    This pen feels great and writes great. It is the next best thing from pen and paper. However, that doesn't mean there aren't problems. Pros: -Lovely feel when writing or drawing. There's slight friction when you move the pen across the screen. -Extremely responsive, even when writing or drawing quickly. -Two buttons on the side of the pen for right clicking and erasing. Very very useful. Cons: -Nowhere to connect to the Surface Pro 3 chassis. The pen loop does the job, but is not aesthetically pleasing at all. -Requires AAAA batteries. I had never heard of them before until getting the surface. -Also requires a separate battery for the purple button -Only comes with a purple button. No other colors. -Needs bluetooth in order for the button to work. -The two buttons on the side are somewhat wobbly, giving a slightly cheap feel.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Pen, but missing something

    Posted
    Kuru
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    This is one great Pen to use. The build is sturdy and really feels premium. The tip can be replaced and switched with other tip sizes so it is great for different types of drawing/writing and can last longer. Easy to replace battery is a good thing, but the battery is a AAAA so it's expensive. The higher pressure sensibility can only be used on the pro 4 however, so you will still be using the pressire sensitivity your surface uses. But it is 100% compatible with the Surface 3 and Pro 3. Tested this on my Surface 3 and my friend's Surface pro 3 and pro 4. This version of the pen has a magnet built in, so it sticks to other things other than Surface; makes it harder or easier to loose depending on the person. My only gripe is that is that it could use some better grip, slides from my hands quite easily.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Always good to have backup

    Posted
    Friendlyviper
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    As the Surface pen is an 'active' pen as it uses Bluetooth to connect to the Surface 3 or newer device. I only give it a 4 as I dislike that the side button default action is to open one note. One Note will let me draw and write, but once in one note, good luck getting it to move your note or drawing to any other program. The pen itself is really a nice piece. It has the feel and balance of a nice pen or pencil. Changing the tip gives one a different feel on the tablet. The different tips give the user increasing levels of drag which represent the feel of different lead hardness of a pencil or glide of a pen. Since the pen is easy to put down and then your child, cat or dog plays with it and you either end up not finding it for a while, or it gets destroyed, I bought this one as a backup.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Accessory!!!!

    Posted
    Ryan
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    I have used Samsung Note products for years like the new Note 5 phone and the Note Series of tablets. I loved the functionality of the S pen. Microsoft with the new and improved Surface Pen has finally caught up to and in some cases exceeded Samsung in Pen functionality. You can use it for note taking, creating documents instead typing, editing, highlighting and as a mouse replacement. Additionally, with the new Pen Microsoft has included additional tips that adjust how the Pen feels when using it from almost zero drag/resistance to a lot of drag/resistance depending on which tip you using. Also the end of the Pen acts as an eraser where with the old Pen you had to press a button on the Pen to use the eraser function. It pairs easily with the tablet and the new sensitivity is amazing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than Surface Pen 3

    Posted
    DoctorDougP
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    Needed to replace lost Pen 3's and had heard the Pen 4's were better so purchased these. The Pen 4 is more responsive than the 3. Seems to be more accurate at the point of touch. With the 3, if you were trying to click on something on your screen that was close to something else it sometimes selected the wrong item. Also the screen would not respond to the touch of the Pen 3 on occasion whereas with the Pen 4 the screen reacts every time. I think the new button placement minimizes accidental activation. We rely on Surface Pro 3 tablets for patient data entry and were experiencing frustration with the Pen 3's due to errors and slow or poor response. The Pen 4's have minimized those problems. Definitely worth the upgrade.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome pen for the Surface 4

    Posted
    Amzad
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    I bought a Surface 4 and bought this pen to have an extra. It is exactly the same as the pen that comes with the Surface 4, and has all of the features supplied by the pen that comes with the Surface 4. It is also compatible with the Surface 3 (which I also have), but doesn't have all of the features on the Surface 3. I am not including all of the techie differences because you can read them on other reviews and also on the Microsoft web site. In my opinion, this pen has much more functionality than the pen that you can get for the Surface 3.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Essential for the Microsoft Surface Pro 4

    Posted
    Dee1234
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    This pen is the best accessory for the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. It works extremely smooth and no signs of lagging. The eraser is a nice touch and makes it feel like you're using a normal pencil. I have it set up so I can click the eraser to open OneNote which is great during class lecture when I need to write down something important and fast. I also use double clicking of the eraser to screen shot so if my professor puts up a power point, I can screen shot it and it automatically opens up on OneNote so I can add my own notes to slides. The only "con" is that since mine came with the Surface, it didn't include the interchangeable tips, but you can however buy those tips separately.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Much better than the first generation Surface pen

    Posted
    H2OGuy
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    Have been using this with a Surface 3 and the pen has much better tactile feel on the screen surface and the replaceable nibs are a nice touch depending on whether you're taking notes or drawing. Overall, I feel there is much better control with the new pen tips - the old pen felt like the hard nib was sliding on the glass. The eraser on top is nice but to be honest I liked the fact that on the old pen I could instantly erase a line or character by clicking on the button without really changing the pen direction. If you're hoping to get better character recognition out of this pen, the jury is out. Some days doing the NYT Crossword it takes several tries for the application to recognize the letter, but for apps like One Note it works well

    I would recommend this to a friend